About Chris Mustazza

Chris Mustazza is interested in the intersection between the humanities and technology. He holds a master's from Penn's engineering school, and is currently working on a master's in poetics at Penn. His research interests include phonotextuality and digital poetics, interests he developed while serving as the first technical director of the PennSound project and Jacket2 Magazine. Most recently, he's been working on a phonotextual theory based on the commonalities between performances of a poem, and researching the National Council of Teachers of English's Contemporary Poetry Series, which ran from Columbia University in the 1930s and '40s. He is also interested in the preservation--that is preserved existence and access--of born-digital poetic works. Chris is most excited to be affiliated with the HiPSTAS project, a collaborative, inter-institutional project that examines the scholarship possibilities afforded by high-performance computing analyses of audio archives, in particular, the PennSound archive. Chris is honored to be an invited member of the board of Penn's Digital Humanities Forum. Chris currently serves as the director of Student Technology and the director of Social Sciences Computing at the School of Arts & Sciences at Penn. Before that, he was the IT & Multimedia Manager for the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing (CPCW), where he helped to evolve the technology used to create and disseminate recordings, including serving as the recording engineer for some of PennSound's recordings.

Aural Dialectics: On Allen Ginsberg’s Musical Rendition of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Allen Ginsberg / William Blake  Songs of Innocence and Experience

William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1789) is a collection of illuminated poems separated into two groupings, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, that engage with their respective, eponymous forces and ostensibly present them as a dichotomy, or perhaps rather as a linear transition, with innocence giving way to experience. ...{read more}

Charles Reznikoff’s “During the Second World War…” as Objectivist Ars Poetica

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This essay is dedicated to Charles Bernstein

A poem I keep coming back to again and again is Charles Reznikoff’s “During the Second World War, I Was Going Home One Night,”1 first published in 1969. ...{read more}